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Driving Change

For Children

Our Mission

Children at Risk serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

What We Do

Data & Research

We use research and data to understand the needs of Texas children and their families. This research drives our advocacy agenda and helps us develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

Policy Advocacy

Research and data alone are not enough to drive change for children. We use our research to develop policy recommendations that have the most impact and speak up to inform policymakers.


We work better together. We rely on partners across the state to support our research and data collection, provide regional insights, and amplify our advocacy efforts through collective action.

Upcoming Events & Activities

June 9

Building a Parent Nation: ECE Coalition with Dr. Dana Suskind

 Join us to hear from pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Dana Suskind about what society would look like if it was built around supporting families. 

June 12


Join us for our favorite Spring Luncheon, The Big Brunch! Under the theme of “Building Blocks to the Future: A Celebration of Early Childhood Education,” we’ll elevate the work of partners while guests enjoy brunch prepared by some of Houston’s best chefs.

June 23

National Immigration Summit

Don’t miss this summit focused on centering the needs of immigrant children and their families. Join us to learn about child-forward policies, shifting the narrative surrounding immigrants, and more!

July 28

Full ST(E)AM Ahead! Creating an Equitable Path to STEM Careers

This annual event will uplift the work of industry leaders and educators working to improve access to STEM education for all students, with particular emphasis on building a diverse and qualified workforce.

The Latest from C@R

Petro-Proximate Learning in Texas

Petro-Proximate Learning in Texas

Media Contact: Rashena Flagg, 713.301.4577   Research shows petrochemical plants within close proximity to schools negatively impact a child’s performance. On April 25, CHILDREN AT RISK released a new report analyzing the proximity of petrochemical plants to...

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Increase Networking Opportunities for Child Care Providers

Increase Networking Opportunities for Child Care Providers

This post highlights a policy recommendation from our new report, The Quest for Equity and Quality Examining Provider Experiences and Participation in Texas Rising Star. This report, released 4/4/22, explores data from a statewide survey and focus groups in which...

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Our Causes

Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


Hurricane Harvey

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